Service provision for autism in mainland China: A service providers' perspective

Xiang Sun*, Carrie Allison, Bonnie Auyeung, Fiona E. Matthews, Stuart Murray, Simon Baron-Cohen, Carol Brayne

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Abstract

Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with service providers regarding the current healthcare provision and education services for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and their families in mainland China. 10 service providers described the current policy and identified unmet needs within current practice. Providers perceived that children with ASC were an important but under-served group in mainland China. Two levels of service provision related to ASC were identified: (1) healthcare services mainly provided by government authorities; (2) education services mainly provided by the parents of children with ASC. Little cooperation was reported between the two types of providers. The structure of service provision for ASC is under-developed. There is an important need to establish coherent healthcare and education policies to support children with ASC and their families. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-451
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • SPECTRUM DISORDERS
  • BDNF GENE
  • INFANTILE-AUTISM
  • EMERGENCY CARE
  • HAN POPULATION
  • Service provision
  • Mainland China
  • Service providers
  • REPUBLIC-OF-CHINA
  • GEL-BASED MICROARRAY
  • Healthcare and education
  • DIAGNOSE AUTISM
  • PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS
  • HONG-KONG
  • Autism

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